In a previous paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the authors argued that the research ethical principle stating that the individual shall have priority over science, found in many guidelines, is utterly unclear and because of this should be explicated or otherwise deleted. In a recent commentary, Parker argued that this leaves us defending a position that would allow totalitarian regimes to pursue glory at the expense of its citizens. The present response addresses this and similar accusations.
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Funding The original paper criticised by Parker was part of a project funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.
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